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“Conjugal Felicity”, a mother’s love, and Mr Fletcher

02/03/202110:0208/03/2021 09:08Leave a Comment

The phrase ‘Conjugal Felicity’ is not one that is widely used today but its meaning – A Happy Marriage – is still relevant. The engraving on this creamware jug of c.1798 shows an idealised happy marriage with a fashionably-dressed husband and wife surrounded by their three children: a young boy holding his hoop while his […]

“Oh, I do like to be beside the seaside!”

30/07/202007:42Leave a Comment

The school holidays have officially started and while we may not be going abroad on holiday, many of us are looking forward to short breaks or days out in this country. The concept of a fortnight away in the sun is quite a modern one. It was not until 1938 that the Holidays with Pay […]

10 Questions – The Stone Age

05/05/202011:2207/05/2020 12:20Leave a Comment

An introduction to the Stone Age in 10 questions. Watch or read this quick guide below. Hello, this is Joe from The Potteries Museum & Art Gallery and for any of you who might be home schooling at the moment, or home learning, or just might be a little bit curious, here are 10 questions, […]

16. The Indomitable Snowman

16/12/202003:0015/12/2020 10:59

As sure as Santa’s visit on Christmas Eve or leftover turkey on Boxing Day, the beloved animation The Snowman will be watched by millions of people all over the UK this festive period. The book, The Snowman was first published in 1978 by the children’s writer and illustrator Raymond Briggs. The animated film was later […]

22. He’ll be coming down the chimney when he comes

22/12/202003:0015/12/2020 14:01

The range of ceramic production in Stoke-on-Trent is as broad as anywhere in the world. Over the years it seems the imagination was the only limiting factor to what pottery manufacturers were willing to produce. In particular, teapots have been subjected to all manner of weird and wonderful shapes and decoration. Manufacturers of novelty teapots […]

An Ideal Gift for Father’s Day?

11/06/202012:1611/06/2020 12:24Leave a Comment

Father’s Day, marked on the third Sunday in June, was ‘invented’ in 1910 in the USA and was only slowly adopted in the UK. Since World War II, however, it has been much more widely celebrated and this year, once again, fathers across the country will be receiving cards and gifts. What to get men […]

Anglo-Saxon Animal Art: Colour and Discover

22/04/202009:0023/04/2020 08:01Leave a Comment

The Anglo-Saxons used complicated animal patterns to decorate the Staffordshire Hoard. They can sometimes be difficult to understand. This picture shows some of the decoration from the Hoard. Can you spot, in the picture below, some of the parts usually found in Anglo-Saxon animal art? Long jaws biting itself or another animal Pear shaped thighs […]

Arnold Bennett Collection

04/09/201815:0321/11/2019 13:29

The Arnold Bennett Collection is wide ranging, encompassing paintings and drawings by Bennett, letters, manuscripts, plays, photographs and books. It also includes objects owned by Bennett and his family. The collection has been put together over many years. Many items were donated to the City of Stoke-on-Trent in the 1950s when the Arnold Bennett Museum […]

China: Through the Lens of John Thomson 1868-1872

27/01/202110:5826/02/2021 12:30

17/10/2020 – 22/08/2021 China: Through the Lens of John Thomson 1868-1872This exhibition displays images of China taken by the Scottish photographer John Thomson (1837-1921). Born in Edinburgh two years before the invention of the daguerreotype and the birth of photography, Thomson first travelled to Asia in 1862, where he set up a professional photographic studio. […]

Collecting during Coronavirus

10/06/202009:0010/06/2020 11:02Leave a Comment

Like many museums and archives up and down the country we are considering how we can record the impact of Covid-19 in our local area, so Stoke-on-Trent’s Museum Service and Stoke-on-Trent City Archives have joined forces to ensure there is a permanent record in the museum and archive collections. The blog below sets out our […]